Here’s an excerpt from returning contributor, Sheenah Freitas’ Nepalese fantasy piece.
Note: this is a flash story so the excerpt is shorter than others we’ve posted.
‘Untouchable’ by Sheenah Freitas
In her earliest memory, she wanted to be a Kumari—they were one of the beautiful girls in Nepal worshipped for being the reincarnation of the great goddess Taleju. She believed she could feel power and wisdom exuding from those young girls. Young and old always clamored around the Kumari hoping for some sort of advice or just to be in the presence of a god. They thought the Kumari buzzed with divine energy.
She always wanted to be closer. She wanted to touch their feet, to be intimate with a god herself. But she was too afraid of what she might actually feel. What if she felt nothing at all? Or what if she did feel something? What would that do to her? Would she denounce her faith as a Buddhist and convert to Hinduism?
Despite everything, she lacked the courage to meet them.
But now, she thinks she will never see one.
She is dying.
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